La moral del héroe

El diálogo o el descontrol de Bitar con un dirigente estudiantil (Fernando Figueroa),  me trajo a la memoria una vieja película, Cuestión de Honor.  A uno de los reclutas se le ha aplicado un Código Rojo, castigo no oficial propiciado por los propios compañeros, teniendo como resultado su muerte. Kaffe (Tom Cruise) es el investigador designado para desentrañar la verdad oculta en la base de Guantánamo, lugar donde acontecen los hechos y dirigida por un militar de la vieja guardia, el Coronel Jessep (Jack Nicholson), preso de la lógica de la guerra fría, tiene la más profunda convicción de haber hecho lo correcto, pues es el personalmente quien ha dado la orden de aplicar el Código Rojo al recluta muerto.

Es bueno recordar que a veces la moral del héroe es inmoral o reñida con la ética.

Este es el extracto del diálogo entre Kaffee y la confesión por orgullo y superioridad moral del Coronel Jessep.

Judge Randolph: *Consider yourself in Contempt!* 
Kaffee: *Colonel Jessep, did you order the Code Red?* 
Judge Randolph: You *don't* have to answer that question! 
Col. Jessep: I'll answer the question! 
[to Kaffee] 
Col. Jessep: You want answers? 
Kaffee: I think I'm entitled to. 
Col. Jessep: *You want answers?* 
Kaffee: *I want the truth!* 
Col. Jessep: *You can't handle the truth!* 
[pauses] 
Col. Jessep: Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to. 
Kaffee: Did you order the Code Red? 
Col. Jessep: I did the job I... 
Kaffee: *Did you order the Code Red?* 
Col. Jessep: *You're Goddamn right I did!*

El video de Sergio Bitar y Fernando Figueroa

http://www.cnnchile.com/nacional/2011/08/22/mitos-y-realidades-de-la-educacion-financiamiento-universitario/

El video de Cuestión de Honor

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5j2F4VcBmeo&feature=related

 

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